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2 sacked over ambulance ‘shuttle run’

THE Shanghai Airport Authority sacked two people and punished another seven on Tuesday night after an airport ambulance was seen picking up passengers at the Pudong airport with its lights flashing.

The incident, which sparked public outrage, happened on Saturday night when an ambulance with local car plates was seen picking up passengers. Someone in uniform got out of the vehicle to help load their luggage, including many shopping bags from duty-free stores.

With its emergency lights flashing, the ambulance also stopped in a no-parking zone near the waiting area for shuttle buses.

A video of the incident posted online on Saturday night was reposted about 3,000 times and drew over 800 comments overnight.

An official surnamed Yu, who asked to deploy the ambulance to pick up three friends who traveled together with his wife and son, has been dismissed from his post, along with the driver of the ambulance, surnamed Qiao, the airport authority announced in a statement.

Yu, a chief of the flying section management department of the Pudong airport, also got a one-year probation from the Party, according to the airport authority.

Other people and officials involved, including the captain of the ambulance fleet, as well as the director, assistant manager, general manager and Party secretary of the fire prevention and medical emergency department of the airport, received punishments such as demerits and severe warnings.

The authority said Yu called an ambulance driver surnamed Min on Saturday to shuttle three travelers at the T1 terminal of the Pudong airport to the parking garage. Min then asked his colleague Qiao to drive the ambulance.

Yu later arrived and escorted the travelers onto the ambulance and drove another car to pick up his wife and son.

“The incident has severely violated the regulations of the airport and exposed loopholes in the deployment of special vehicles at the Pudong airport,” the authority said.


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